Think with me: if you want to know what God thinks, and if you are humble, you will ask a simple question and get pretty close to the God’s answer every time.
The question is “What would I like the truth to be? And what would the opposite of that look like? Fill in the details and you will be close.
I have so many godly friends who seem to be allergic to looking at the residual “natural man” and using it to figure out what true godliness looks like. They really think that they are not all that bad. Well, in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing.
I would like FREEDOM to mean that I would have the ability to do whatever I like, whenever I like, with whomever I like, eat whatever I like, go wherever I like. No one would tell me NO! Sounds like a two year old, right?
Failing this, I wish I could have just a few rules and regulations that would keep some order in the universe but still leave me large swaths of my time and resources to do whatever I want. Maybe I’ll give 10% to God and then the rest is mine to do whatever I like, right?
Actually, anything short of total surrender turns out to be slavery not freedom. When I indulge myself in the delusion that I control something and it serves me and exists to satisfy me, at that moment these gods that I erect in my life turn on me and control and own me rather than the other way around.
FREEDOM = is the power to do what is right while keeping the power to do wrong.
Free will means that I have to power to refuse obedience at any time but to have the power to do what is right I need God and others.
The path to FREEDOM (think equal and opposite) is to become a slave.
Having been bought on the slave-block of sin by the infinite price of Jesus’ blood, logically I should present my body a living sacrifice unto God. If he owns me, he owns my time, my family, my reputation, my job, my hobbies and leisure activities, etc.
Free at last, thank God almighty, I’m free at last!
- Free from worry about my stuff- I don’t have any
- Free from concern about what others think of me-only God’s opinion counts
- Free from self contempt-I no longer own the right to connect my worth to myself
- Free from fear of loss of relationships- they are only loaned to me and if lost I still have all I need in Jesus.
A Soldier’s Prayer
Written by an anonymous confederate soldier during the civil war of the United States
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things….
I asked for riches, that I might be happy, I was given poverty, that I might be wise….
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God….
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things….
I got nothing that I asked for – but everything that I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed